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December 13, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
At a time when the offspring of many acclaimed Hollywood directors -- with last names such as Reitman, Redford, Eastwood and Kasdan -- are directing features of their own, one scion of filmmaking has become more active by stepping back from the spotlight.
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February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A vibe in no particular search of a plot, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" channels '70s mellow and '30s style through a prism of California dreamin'. In this Charlie Sheen vehicle, the fizzy mood and visuals are often, well, winning. For his second stint in the feature director's chair (after 2001's "CQ"), Roman Coppola has fashioned a noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water. The on-screen action never matters or fully engages, but for Sheen fans who are tracking his ongoing image rehabilitation, and those willing to go with the cinematic flow, the self-conscious exercise in low-budget dress-up offers some rewards.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2002 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
If your dad was the genius who made "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now," chances are you'd want to do whatever you could to avoid his shadow. Unfazed, music video director Roman Coppola has chosen to walk in his father's footsteps, albeit in less prepossessing shoes. Even Francis, after all, had to cut his teeth on cheap-jack horror movies.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Wes Anderson won't formally begin his next movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," until the new year, but he's on the phone after a busy day spent filming "little shots" in Saxony with a very good German driver named Peet who's quite adept, Anderson says, at weaving through traffic behind the wheel of an old car that Anderson's production team has meticulously converted into a taxi. Anderson admits he's still puzzling over the success of his last film, the coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," which has received best picture nominations for the Spirit Awards and Golden Globes and grossed more than twice the box office of each of his previous three films.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A vibe in no particular search of a plot, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" channels '70s mellow and '30s style through a prism of California dreamin'. In this Charlie Sheen vehicle, the fizzy mood and visuals are often, well, winning. For his second stint in the feature director's chair (after 2001's "CQ"), Roman Coppola has fashioned a noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water. The on-screen action never matters or fully engages, but for Sheen fans who are tracking his ongoing image rehabilitation, and those willing to go with the cinematic flow, the self-conscious exercise in low-budget dress-up offers some rewards.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2002 | ANDRE CHAUTARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roman Coppola reclines in his chair in his cramped office at the Directors Bureau, the flourishing commercial and music video production company he co-founded with Mike Mills in 1996. He's discussing "CQ," his feature directing debut, which he calls a "first film about a first film" and "a big love letter to the cinema of the '60's." "Largely it's meant to be a fun romp in that time and place and a chance as a first-time filmmaker to try a lot of stuff.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Wes Anderson won't formally begin his next movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," until the new year, but he's on the phone after a busy day spent filming "little shots" in Saxony with a very good German driver named Peet who's quite adept, Anderson says, at weaving through traffic behind the wheel of an old car that Anderson's production team has meticulously converted into a taxi. Anderson admits he's still puzzling over the success of his last film, the coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," which has received best picture nominations for the Spirit Awards and Golden Globes and grossed more than twice the box office of each of his previous three films.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS
Movies do not get more inane than "The Spirit of '76" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex), in which three time travelers (David Cassidy, Olivia d'Abo and Geoff Hoyle) from 2176 wind up in 1976, landing in a jerry-built spaceship. Their mission is to secure a copy of the U.S. Constitution, which will otherwise be lost to future generations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1998 | TOM BECKER
Valley College will rename its campus theater after legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola, school officials said Thursday. Along with the name change, school President Tyree Weider said, the theater will be home next year to productions by a host of Hollywood directors and writers who will each direct a work with students from the college.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2012 | By Dima Alzayat, Los Angeles Times
Independent film darling and Oscar winner Sofia Coppola began production on "The Bling Ring" in Calabasas this week, according to the city clerk's office. The majority of filming, however, is expected to take place in Los Angeles. The movie, inspired by true events, is about fame-obsessed teens growing up on the fringes of Hollywood celebrity culture who become burglars targeting the homes of stars. Leslie Mann and Emma Watson star in the film along with a crop of fresh young faces, including Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang and Maika Monroe.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Charlie Sheen hasn't garnered much attention for his big-screen activity lately, and when he does, it's for mainly stunt-y turns. But when the tiger-blooded one isn't busy taking on cameos or loaning Lindsay Lohan money, he's actually been flexing his filmic muscles. Sheen plays the lead role in the Feb. 8 release "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," a part in which he -- wait for it -- plays a well-off charmer who begins to come undone. Hollywood mainstay Roman Coppola, who wrote, produced and makes his return to feature directing with the film, says Sheen will surprise a lot of people with his turn.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2012 | By Dima Alzayat, Los Angeles Times
Independent film darling and Oscar winner Sofia Coppola began production on "The Bling Ring" in Calabasas this week, according to the city clerk's office. The majority of filming, however, is expected to take place in Los Angeles. The movie, inspired by true events, is about fame-obsessed teens growing up on the fringes of Hollywood celebrity culture who become burglars targeting the homes of stars. Leslie Mann and Emma Watson star in the film along with a crop of fresh young faces, including Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang and Maika Monroe.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2007 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
At a time when the offspring of many acclaimed Hollywood directors -- with last names such as Reitman, Redford, Eastwood and Kasdan -- are directing features of their own, one scion of filmmaking has become more active by stepping back from the spotlight.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2002 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
If your dad was the genius who made "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now," chances are you'd want to do whatever you could to avoid his shadow. Unfazed, music video director Roman Coppola has chosen to walk in his father's footsteps, albeit in less prepossessing shoes. Even Francis, after all, had to cut his teeth on cheap-jack horror movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2002 | ANDRE CHAUTARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roman Coppola reclines in his chair in his cramped office at the Directors Bureau, the flourishing commercial and music video production company he co-founded with Mike Mills in 1996. He's discussing "CQ," his feature directing debut, which he calls a "first film about a first film" and "a big love letter to the cinema of the '60's." "Largely it's meant to be a fun romp in that time and place and a chance as a first-time filmmaker to try a lot of stuff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1998 | TOM BECKER
Valley College will rename its campus theater after legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola, school officials said Thursday. Along with the name change, school President Tyree Weider said, the theater will be home next year to productions by a host of Hollywood directors and writers who will each direct a work with students from the college.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Charlie Sheen hasn't garnered much attention for his big-screen activity lately, and when he does, it's for mainly stunt-y turns. But when the tiger-blooded one isn't busy taking on cameos or loaning Lindsay Lohan money, he's actually been flexing his filmic muscles. Sheen plays the lead role in the Feb. 8 release "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," a part in which he -- wait for it -- plays a well-off charmer who begins to come undone. Hollywood mainstay Roman Coppola, who wrote, produced and makes his return to feature directing with the film, says Sheen will surprise a lot of people with his turn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1993 | BARBARA SALTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Listening to director Francis Ford Coppola's first laser-disc audio track may rank with waiting for the movies to talk in the first place. You know that there's something important to be said, on many levels. But "Bram Stoker's Dracula" fails to take you fully into the mind of one of the premier filmmakers of the 20th Century. In its own frustrating way, it resembles the experience of "The Jazz Singer"--full of promise, innovation and history but more of a preamble than anything else.
MAGAZINE
August 4, 1996 | Patrick Goldstein, Patrick Goldstein's last piece for the magazine was about Arnold Schwarzenegger
Long before the arrival of Bill Gates, the 500-channel universe and the Internet, one of the great showmen of modern filmmaking imagined satellite communications as the basis of a grand new business and cultural exchange between North and South America. Francis Ford Coppola chose the republic of Belize, newly independent in 1981, as the seat of this grand enterprise. His mission, he said at the time, inspired by Plato's "Republic," was not so much "making just movies, but building a new city."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1993 | BARBARA SALTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Listening to director Francis Ford Coppola's first laser-disc audio track may rank with waiting for the movies to talk in the first place. You know that there's something important to be said, on many levels. But "Bram Stoker's Dracula" fails to take you fully into the mind of one of the premier filmmakers of the 20th Century. In its own frustrating way, it resembles the experience of "The Jazz Singer"--full of promise, innovation and history but more of a preamble than anything else.
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